Q36. Long-term soil organic matter products for long-term carbon sequestration?

Answer: Answer: This has been answered in part in other questions. It is not a problem to add carbon
to the soil, but it is difficult to hold that carbon in the soil. Keeping a perennial plant cover on
the land is probably the most effect manner in holding carbon. Tilling/cultivation loses more
carbon from the soil because it damages the fungal component important in holding soil
structure; exposes soil to heat and UV that also damages soil biota and also allows elements
to return to the atmosphere. Pasture cropping is a method gaining popularity because the
pasture sward is kept intact while the crop is planted, grown and harvested maintaining the
fungal component’ Look at any work by Jeff Baldock as he is the recognised expert in the field
of carbon sequestration.

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